Welcome to this course on malaria. We hope you will find it valuable and enriching to your practice.
Malaria has plagued humanity for thousands of years, and it is even implicated in the fall of the Roman Empire. The term “Malaria” literally means “mal air” or simply “bad air”, and this is because initially, it was believed that bad smells associated with swampy areas caused the disease. Indeed, at that time, malaria was common among people living in swampy or wet areas. However, now we know that malaria, though common in swamps, is not caused by bad air but rather by a parasite named Plasmodium. Despite this, malaria continues to be a deadly disease.
In 2020 alone, 241 million new infections resulted in a staggering 627,000 deaths. And did you know that every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria? This equates to over half a million children needlessly dying every year. As a pharmacist, you are an essential member of the healthcare workforce, with vital roles to play in preventing, caring for, and managing these malaria patients.
This course aims to up-skill you in the topics of disease control, recognition of symptoms, treatments, management and more whilst promoting positive changes to your practice. We hope that by the end of the course, you are empowered to utilise expert knowledge to ensure your patients are provided with the best possible education and support you can give them. In doing so, you contribute positively to the global efforts to control and eliminate malaria.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Apply epidemiology and pathogenesis in the prevention and management of malaria.
- Recognise cases of malaria in the community based on symptoms.
- Demonstrate knowledge of antimalarial pharmacotherapy in the selection of appropriate treatment regimens.
- Explain the role of pharmacists in the prevention and management of malaria